Last Sunday’s sermon addressed the B.I.B.L.E. As spelled out, the acrostic reads basic instruction before leaving earth. Here is a little reminder in this bulletin article.
Basic. The word basic pertains to foundations or fundamental. When one thinks about the teaching of Scriptures it is clear there is more there than just basic spiritual teachings. In relation to heaven and salvation, however, it is the basics that we need to wrap our arms around before we can make our first step in the direction of heaven. Jesus said if one abides in His word, then the truth can (and will) be known (John 8:31-32). That truth will set us free from the bondage of sin.
Instructions. Why in the world would someone who identifies him or herself as a Christian seek to gain instructions from a person other than the Lord? I don’t know, but it does happen. Whatever value there may be in a loving person, that value pales in comparison with the Lord and His love toward each of us. It is His words that shapes us into the person He wants us to be, and when we see its value, we can’t understand why it took us so long to get there.
Before. It is a matter of prudence to be aware of the danger sign up ahead and for each of us to turn away toward safety. The life we currently live is a life is a gift from God. If we choose to live to/for ourselves, the life given us as a gift from God is the same life that will stand before the Giver in judgment. Not having paid any attention to the road sign that says “Danger Up Ahead” is to die and stand before the Lord unprepared. The “canyon” below is mighty deep!
Leaving. As one gets older the finality of life appears clearer. When you are thirty, not as much thought is given to the end of life as when you are fifty or seventy-five. As you move toward the end, not only judgment stares you in the face, but one wonders about that which is left behind. “Did I serve any real purpose here on the earth?” This melancholy question can be turned into something not melancholy at all. it begins with who teaches us and whether or not we implement His way of thinking into our lives. Then when we leave—and we are all going to leave (Hebrews 9:27)—we can leave knowing that whatever negatives in life there are, the path before each is positive.
Earth. This world is not my home, I’m just passing through. My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue. The angels beckon me and now I onward go (a little altering, if you will). The enjoyment one has on earth is a blessing from God, but that blessing turns into a curse if we allow the “god of this world” (2 Cor. 4:4) to influence and teach us “his” ways.
The B.I.B.L.E, that’s the Book for me. I stand alone on the Word of God, the B.IB.L.E!